Volkswagen has applied its BlueMotion efficiency principles to the seven seat Sharan which will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
The result of these modifications is a drop in CO2 from 177 g/km to 159 g/km while economy rises to a combined 45.6 mpg. This gives the Sharan BlueMotion a theoretical range in excess of 680 miles from the 70-litre fuel tank.
Volkswagen Individual, established in Wolfsburg in 2003 to handle special engineering and design projects, worked to reduce loading on the vehicle’s 2.0-litre 140 PS TDI engine. This was achieved by fitting longer gear ratios to reduce the rate at which the engine is turning, as well as adjusting the boost pressure on the turbocharger and the exhaust gas recirculation system. In addition the location of the cooling ducts mounted on the nose of the vehicle has been revised and the ride height reduced by 25 mm, resulting in the coefficient of drag falling from 0.31 to 0.29.
The BlueMotion variant still retains its equipment such as air conditioning, seven individual seats, six airbags and ABS.
The Sharan BlueMotion is set to arrive in the UK later this year and will join the existing Polo, Golf, Golf Estate, Golf Plus, Jetta, Passat and Passat Estate BlueMotion variants. Prices and specifications will be announced closer to launch.